All the Netflix originals and TV shows cancelled in 2020

So many great shows got axed by the Netflix in 2020 (Picture: Netflix)

2020 has been a great year for Netflix’s original content, but it has also seen fans say goodbye to some much loved TV shows.

Fans were devastated to learn shows like Glow, The Society and Altered Carbon would not be making a return to the streaming service.

Even well-received projects such as Next In Fashion and Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj have failed to make to cut as we look ahead to 2021.

The unexpected coronavirus pandemic is to blame for some of the more surprising cancellations but that hasn’t made the news any easier to digest.

Here are all the great shows we’ve had to say goodbye to in 2020.

The Big Show Show

The family sitcom featured WWE superstar The Big Show as a fictionalized version of himself dealing with retirement and family life.

It kicked off on the streaming platform in April, and the cast were hoping to return for another run but it didn’t get renews.

The show filmed a Christmas special ahead of the pandemic which is the last treat for fans.

Teenage Bounty Hunters

The show debuted on the streaming platform in August and already the company has decided to call it quits.

The comedy starred the likes of Maddie Phillips and Anjelica Bette Fellini, who played two school girls that happened to become overnight bounty hunters. However, after they became good at the game, the girls landed an assignment that fell too close to home.

In the season finale, it was revealed that their mum (Virginia Williams) happened to be a twin – a discovery that would have made a perfect plot for a second season.


Despite already commissioning a fourth and final season of the comedy drama – which was focused on a fictionalized version of the real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion in the 1980s – the streaming platform has been forced to cancel because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement to Deadline, series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch said: ‘COVID has killed actual humans. It’s a national tragedy and should be our focus.

‘COVID also apparently took down our show. Netflix has decided not to finish filming the final season of GLOW. We were handed the creative freedom to make a complicated comedy about women and tell their stories. And wrestle. And now that’s gone.

It’s said that the fourth series had been filming for around three weeks – with one episode in the bag – before production had to be halted in mid-March.


Netflix announced they would not be renewing Away just weeks after it dropped on the streaming platform.

The sci-fi drama which stars Hilary Swank as astronaut Emma Green, who leads a team of international crew members to Mars for the first time.

Sadly, the drama didn’t take off as expected.

Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love

In August, Netflix canceled Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love, which centered around a teenage robotics scientist who moves in with her Uncle Victor on the other side of the country for a chance to work for NASA.

However, a Christmas special airs this month on the streaming platform.

Altered Carbon

The sci-fi drama is set in a world where consciousness can be digitally stored and delivered into different bodies.

It began in 2018 with Joel Kinnaman in the lead playing Takeshi Kovacs. In season two – set 30 years on – which aired earlier this year, Anthony Mackie took over the role.

An anime movie was also released in March but no more live-action episodes will be coming to the small screen.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj

It was sad news for Hasan Minaj fans over the summer when his show got the axe.

The political satire show aired 39 episodes in six seasons after first premiering on Netflix in 2018.

The hit show won two Peabody awards as well as an Emmy and a Webby. The cancellation means that the final episode aired on June 26.

I Am Not Okay With This

Despite a well-received debut season being renewed for a second outing, the drama was cancelled due to the pandemic.

I Am Not Okay With This, starring Sophia Lillis and Sofia Bryant, follows a girl who has to navigate high school and teenagehood, all while experiencing mystic superpowers.

The streaming giant admitting they were ‘disappointed’ to have to cancel the show.

The Society

The Society, which starred the likes of Kathryn Newton, Jack Mulhern, and Kristine Froseth, followed teenagers who were displaced from their hometown into a weird new reality.

They’re forced to create their own rules and society Lord Of The Flies style, with things quickly spiraling into chaos.

Despite getting picked up for season two, the ongoing pandemic meant the show got canceled just weeks before filming was due to resume.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina and her fellow witches will only return for one last season this year after Netflix decided it was time to wrap up the show.

Netflix released an explosive synopsis of Sabrina’s final chapter, which read: ‘The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale. The coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to…The Void, which is the End of All Things.

‘As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina’s heart, but will it be too late?’

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

In June, Netflix decided to not bring back Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show for Season 2 despite positive reviews.

The show focused on the first all-black troupe from New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Next In Fashion

The fashion competition was hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and Alexa Chung and debuted in January.

It saw 18 established designers battling for a $250,000 (£197,000) prize and the opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.

Despite postive response, the show got the boot earlier this year.

Merry Christmas Whatever

Merry Happy Whatever was a comedy series starrined Dennis Quaid, Ashley Tisdale and more.

As the patriarch of the family, Don tries to balance the stress and demands of his complicated family during the Christmas season when his youngest daughter comes home and is accompanied by her new boyfriend.

It took some time but the creator of Merry Happy WhateverTucker Crawley, confirmed in an Instagram post that the series would not be returning for a second season on Netflix.

V Wars

Airing on Netflix, the action-horror followed Dr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder), who attempts to battle an ancient virus that turns humans into vampires.

Based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name, V Wars’ 10 episodes first season dropped in December of last year, but it sadly won’t be rising from the dead again.

This was the second vampire-related job for the former Lost star, he’s still best known for his stint as blood-sucking anti-hero Damon Salvatore on The CW’s teen drama The Vampire Diaries, which ran for eight seasons.


The thriller followed a CIA agent Eva Geller (True Detective’s Michelle Monaghan) investigating a mysterious figure named Al-Masih (Mehdi Dehbi), who has gathered a legion of followers after proclaiming to have been sent to Earth to help humanity by a higher power.

Taking to Instagram, one of the series’ stars, Wil Traval, confirmed Messiah would not be back for more on the streaming platform. ‘It’s a very sad day today,’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season two of Messiah. I wanted to say thank you to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.’

AJ and the Queen

The show starred RuPaul as Ruby Red, a drag queen whose life savings are stolen, which ruins her dreams of opening a bar.

She then meets her unlikely sidekick AJ, a recently orphaned, tough-talking, scrappy ten-year-old stowaway as they travel from city to city.

The program, which was created by RuPaul and Sex and the City creator Michael Parick King, aired in January although it received a mix of reviews from fans and critics.

RuPaul made the announcement on Twitter that the show would not be coming back. However, the star went on to thank fans for their ‘love and support’.

Spinning Out

Spinning Out follows Kaya Scodelario as Kat Baker, a young ice skater who suffers a serious injury and is offered the opportunity to restart her career as a pairs skater all while hiding her family’s history of mental illness.

The brand new series only landed on the streaming service last month and had been met with mixed reviews, with a score of 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The cast has expressed their sadness at the news, with January Jones sharing a picture of her fellow co-stars on social media along with the caption: ‘Will miss these cuties. Thanks for all the fan support.’


In February, Netflix decided that they would not be renewing Insatiable for a third season.

The series featured former Disney Channel star Debby Ryan as Patty, who has spent her entire life being bullied and underestimated by her peers because of her weight, until she sheds the pounds and embarks on payback.


Soundtrack was cancelled after just one season in January.

The musical drama debuted in December 2019 and starred Jenna Dewan and featured the stars singing modern songs but the musical drama didn’t impress viewers.

The October Faction

The fantasy series met an early end after it was panned by critics and failed to capture audiences.

The show followed the story of a monster-hunting couple, Fred and Deloris Allen, and their twin teenage children, Geoff and Viv.

It was created by Damian Kindler, based on the comic series of the same name by Steve Niles and Damien Worm.

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